Angkor Style (9th–14th Century)

Head of The Buddha Protected by Naga

14th Century


Gift of Mrs. and Mr. Rexford G. Stead


Throughout the centuries, worship of nature’s spirits was never abandoned, and the Hindu and Buddhist religions of Cambodia retained some of the earlier animistic beliefs. Combining the humble, enlightened image of Buddha with a fearsome god-like creature is not uncommon in Khmer art. Nagas are a crucial element in the architecture of Angkor.

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